Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Tao Te Ching Chapter 49-4 Non-good

Today's Tao

I think something not good is good, too. (Ch.49)

Good is good.

Non-good is good, too. That is to say, evil is good, too.

Shinran said:

"Even good people will become Buddha, not to mention evil people".

(«Tannisho», Chapter 3)


This is Akunin shoki setsu (The Doctrine of Evil Persons as the Object of Salvation / becoming Buddha).

Dogen wrote:

"It is not that something evil does not exist. Just do nothing. It is not that something evil exists. Just do nothing."

(Shoakumakusa 諸悪莫作, «Shobogenzo»)


To Lao Tzu it was much clearer.

If you don't judge, there is neither good nor evil.

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-Non-good 49-4
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-Tariki / faithful 49-6
-Not faithful 49-7
-Faith 49-8
-Have no heart 49-9
-Inmo and No mind 49-10
-Close ears and eyes 49-11
-Tao by Matsumoto / Tao Te Ching / Chapter 49
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-No bad man 27-10
-Lost completely 27-11
-No arrogance 30-8

Tao answers your question

☞Don't do any extra effort. Just thank everything for taking place. Instead of helping yourself by effort, let Tariki / Other Power help you. Tannisho is supposed to have written in the thirteenth century by Yuien, a disciple of Shinran, who himself was Honen's. Honen is the founder of Japanese Pure Land school Buddhism / Jodo shu Buddhism. Shinran is the founder of Jodo Shin shu (the true school of Pure Land) Buddhism. Shinran is contemporary to Dogen, the founder of Japanese Soto shu Zen Buddhism.

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